Month: July 2016

How do the men shape up for the relays in Rio?

As promised here comes the second installment of relay predictions and analysis from #SwimWords but this time we evaluate the Men’s team standings….

Whereas the women will be likely knocking on the door of World Records in at least two out of three relays, the men have not been able to replicate the speed they found in the team events of 2008 and 2009. This, quite understandably, is a reflection on the change in swimsuit regulations; where men were able to wear suits that covered their full body. The change in rules, only allowing men to wear jammers (waist to knee), was a larger jump in material reduction than the women experienced (shoulder to knee) and therefore might correlate in the fact the women are closer (if not now faster) than the times recorded in that ‘super-suit’ era. The ‘super-suit’ providing increased compression and buoyancy aiding the performance of swimmers and resulting in faster racing.

Nevertheless there will be some very exciting battles between the men’s teams in Brazil. Some of the ‘big hitter’ nations, who were alarming disappointing last year (Australia and USA), will look to reassert their dominance in these relay events. (more…)

Women team up for World Records in Rio

Heading into an Olympics it is always difficult to predict, even though always a fast meet, the quantity and origin of World Record breaking swims over the eight days of competing. However, for those who look out for these sort of things the Women’s relays are looking like they could be the most reliable source. For those, like us, who are partial to a sporting statistic and swimming time, then enjoy the article that follows…

Here at SwimWords we will summarise and predict how these World records maybe broken in the women’s relays a few weeks from now at the Games in Rio De Janeiro. Let us know if you agree by commenting at the bottom of this article. We will look at the current form of the international teams, their recent relay performances at the World Championships in Kazan last year, and compare this to the standing WR’s.   (more…)

U.S. Olympic Team Trials & Tribulations

The dust has settled on the US Olympic Swimming Trials, with 45 athletes named on the team. USA Swimming continue to be the benchmark for empowering their athletes and giving them a platform to perform on the big stage. There is nothing more exhilarating than competing in front of a large crowd, in a world class field of athletes. The adrenaline courses through your veins in that environment and drives you to better performances; exactly the atmosphere you want to create for your athletes.

The newly crowned American Olympic Team are now likely to be straight back to the pool for a short 2-3 week high intensity training cycle depending on their selected events, before commencing another taper period in advance of the Games. The US team are used to this ‘double-taper’ strategy. It has been the method of choice in recent years for USA Swimming and is often required throughout the collegiate swim season. Athletes are nominated to represent their respective college and university teams in conference and NCAA competitions just a few short weeks apart and, by in large, must peak for these before going onto to compete for selection to the major Championships at the US Nationals. (more…)

SwimWords Euro2016: Wales Vs. Portugal

As Wales line up against Portugal in France tonight to compete for their place in the final of Europe’s most prestigious international tournament, here at SwimWords we once again battle two swimmers against each other in a bid to predict a score if swimming was the choice of sport instead of football.

Much has been written and spoken about the matchup between two of the greatest and most expensive footballers in Europe, Ronaldo and Bale, where media have wondered and predicted who will prevail as the dominant force. Instead of these two footballing mega stars, in this article we will mirror this in the pool by battling two top swimmers from these respective nations head to head. These top international athletes will compete against each other in terms of past success and present form to find a victor.

Semi-Final: WALES vs PORTUGAL, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Wednesday 6th July

Representing WALES in the pool:

Ieuan-Lloyd

  • Athlete: Ieuan Lloyd
  • Born: 1993
  • Height: 1.93m
  • Best Senior Result: 19th 200 Freestyle, Olympic Games, London, 2012

Representing PORTUGAL in the pool:

Londres 2012: Natação: Diogo Carvalho

  • Athlete: Diogo Carvalho
  • Born: 1988
  • Height: 1.81m
  • Best Senior Result: Bronze 200 IM, European Short Course Championships, Israel, 2015

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Final tune up for O’Connor and Renshaw before Rio

The burgeoning programme at the University of Edinburgh finished the Scottish Nationals this weekend in Glasgow as the top point scoring club but it was Siobhan O’Connor and Molly Renshaw who stood out from the crowd.

O’Connor, training at the British Swimming performance centre in Bath amongst a host of GB talent, broke the British Record in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.06.34 just 30 minutes after blasting an impressive 2.09.36 200m Individual Medley warning shot to her rivals around the world. This improves on her previous breaststroke lifetime best of 1.07.15 (which she rattled in the heats with 1.07.35). O’Connor looks to be in great form leading into Rio and her improvement on the breaststroke suggests an area she could close on the ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu come Brazil. (more…)

Hagino shows versatility in Vichy

Purely by definition, is Kosuke Hagino currently the best all-round swimmer in the world? If not, then who do you believe matches his ability across all stroke disciplines, underwater speed, and technique? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter by using the handle @swimwords_

Take a look at how the textile lifetime best performances of Hagino compares with some other all-round greats across 200m of each stroke and the medley events (it’s even more interesting when you consider the 100m lifetime best times):

200m Freestyle

200m Backstroke 200m Breaststroke 200m Butterfly 200m Medley 400m Medley
Kosuke Hagino 1.45.23 1.55.43 2.13.81 1.58.69 1.55.07 4.07.75
Michael Phelps 1.44.79 1.54.65 2.11.30 1.52.94 1.54.16 4.07.89
Ryan Lochte 1.44.44 1.52.96 2.20.61 2.01.19 1.54.00 4.05.18
Thiago Periera 1.46.57 1.58.42 2.11.86 1.58.24 1.56.30 4.08.86

Daiya Seto

1.48.71 No known result 2.11.21 1.54.08 1.57.32

4.08.50

If reading this on mobile phone, turn on side to see full table (more…)